The Mi 11 Ultra is Xiaomi’s most important phone till date. This is World’s Largest Smartphone Camera Sensor. It promises a camera supposedly comparable to a DSLR, and that’s not a claim that phones should make so lightly. Of course, it sports all high-end specifications, which are expected from a flagship in 2021. But it also comes with some unique design aspects like a ceramic body, and a secondary display at the back. It is also the most expensive Xiaomi phone in India till date at a starting price of Rs 69,999.
The Mi 11 Ultra smartphone we received was clearly an early engineering sample that had been flashed with the India-based MIUI12 ROM. This, unfortunately, led to a number of problems such as performance hits due to the Snapdragon 888 thermal throttling excessively, the display of this smartphone calibration being very unreliable and even the phone’s best feature; its cameras, suffering from a laggy user interface. We’re fairly confident that these issues won’t present themselves in retail units, and if that truly ends up being the case, then the Mi 11 Ultra becomes a rock-solid alternative to the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra, at just 60 per cent of the price. If you’re wondering if you should get the Mi 11 Ultra or the OnePlus 9 Pro, then you’d be better off with the former as long as you can live with MIUI12. Even though our unit was faulty, the camera output was definitely impressive from all three cameras, especially the telephoto lens, which was usable even in low-light without having to switch over to the primary camera. It offers decent battery life which is aided by super fast 67W wired and wireless charging. Overall, the Mi 11 Ultra definitely feels like a flagship champ from Xiaomi.
Mi 11 Ultra review:
Most flagship smartphones these days, apart from the foldables are metal glass sandwiches. Xiaomi has tried to break this monotonous look with the addition of a quad curved display and a secondary quick view display on the back.
The Mi 11 Ultra has a ceramic body and that camera bump at the back is hard to miss. The ceramic body also means this is a fairly bulky phone. If you want a sleek, slender flagship, this phone might not be for you. Plus the shape of that camera bump means finding a third-party cover won’t be so easy and you will have to rely on options from Xiaomi. This smartphone Mi 11 Ultra phone also sports a secondary display at the back, which can be used to display notifications, battery details, date, time and other notifications. One can go into the settings to customise these further.
This smartphone Mi 11 Ultra phone with two displays! Yes, that is true. Essentially, this is the screen from a Mi fitness band, but here, it adds the sort of coolness that other phones haven’t come around to. It is 1.1-inch in size in full colour and serves as a screen for telling you there is a new notification for you in case you like to keep your phone face down, can have cool wallpapers and can be used to tell you exactly how a selfie looks in case you fancy using the primary camera system at the back. This is not large enough and neither is it meant to let you read or reply to notifications from there nor can it be used for additional tasks at this time. It is limited but it is very cool. That astronaut wallpaper, in particular, is just very cute.
In this smartphone Mi 11 Ultra latest and greatest Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 chip with 12GB RAM to go with that. This chip really takes the game forward compared with the predecessor, the Snapdragon 865 series—this is as much as 25% faster with CPU performance and the graphics are up to 35% more powerful and is right on cue for the latest line of top-notch Android phones. There are advantages of the new 5nm architecture. Then there is the fast UFS 3.1 storage which offers really quick data and write speeds which further speeds up performance. What you essentially have is a phone that doesn’t slow down, will not slow down and runs the most powerful chip right now for Android smartphones. The hardware seems to be coming together really nicely. The in-display fingerprint sensor is fast and accurate. The 6.81-inch AMOLED display is a beautiful canvas to look at and ticks off everything you’d expect including up to 120Hz refresh rate and HDR. The rear display could get some more goodies at some point to make it more useful—it should be more than just a novelty that wears off after some time. Then there’s the 5,000 battery which exhibits very good endurance levels and supports the fast 67-watt charging too, for wired and wireless.